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Virgin Galactic Unity Spacecraft Reaches Structural Completion

Jan 9, 2020, 10:08 AM by Lawrence Garrett
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SpaceShipTwo "Unity" at rollout event on 19 February 2016 | By Ronrosano/Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

The AP reports that Virgin Galactic announced Wednesday that its Virgin Space Ship Unity spacecraft has accomplished the “Weight On Wheels” achievement. This means that “all major structural elements have been assembled and the rocket plane is standing on its own landing gear.” Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said, “We now have two spaceships which are structurally complete, with our third making good progress. These spaceships are destined to provide thousands of private astronauts with a truly transformative experience by performing regular trips to space.” Further work on the ship “includes connecting flight control and other integrated systems.”
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